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In April 2017 Mr McGonigle returned to his native Belfast after leading the thoracic surgery and lung cancer services at the Internationally renowned Harefield Hospital, London for over 5 years.
He is currently, chair of the Clinical Reference Group for NICaN which is responsible for guiding and advising on the management of patients with lung cancer in Northern Ireland. His special interest is in minimally invasive surgery ('Keyhole') with over 70% of cancer surgeries being performed by this technique. He is a strong advocate of reducing hospital stays for patients and enhancing the experience of those undergoing cancer care.
He is also a leading medical educator and is The Deputy Head of School of Surgery (NIMDTA) and the Training Programme Director for Core Surgery. Roles that he embraces to train the future generation of surgeons.
Areas of interest
'Keyhole Surgery' (VATS) for the treatment of lung cancers and secondary cancers in the lung, which he has been doing for over 10 years.
He also performs surgery for pleural effusion almost always a minimally invasive technique and also in awake patients allowing for procedures without the need for a hospital stay.
He also has significant experience in surgical procedures to treat and prevent pneumothorax 'collapsed lung'; Surgery for chest wall deformities (pectus carinatum and pectus excavatum); Surgery for the control of excessive sweating (hyperhydrosis) and facial blushing - 'keyhole' sympathectomy; surgery for rib / sternal fractures resulting from trauma.
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Thoracic Surgeon
Chair Clinical Reference Group NICAN (Lung Cancer)
Deputy Head of School of Surgery (NIMDTA) / Training Programme Director Core Surgery
Consultant Thoracic Surgeon
Lead for Thoracic Surgery at Harefield Hospital
Chair for Lung Cancer at Harefield Hospital
Surgical Tutor (Royal College of Surgeons)
Training Programme Director for Core Surgery (Imperial)
- Inflammatory response to surgery and the immunobiological effects.
- Treatment for lung cancer (surgical and non-surgical).
- Minimally invasive thoracic surgery (VATS)
- Reducing hospital stay and enhancing the experience of patients.
- Correction of chest wall deformities.
- Surgery in higher risk patients.
Royal Victoria Hospital Fellowship
Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (Cardiothoracic)
Postgraduate Doctor of Medicine(MD)
Courses offered to GPs
I organise courses to train surgeons in thoracic surgery and also GP study days in lung related diseases.
I am actively involved in the training of junior surgeons.
Operative Mortality in last 5 years <1% with my outcomes being better than those expected for the risk profile of patients that I offer surgery to.
70% of lung cancer operations are performed by 'keyhole' surgery reducing post-operative stay and pain.
What patients say about Mr McGonigle:
- 'A wonderful doctor, makes me feel at ease. Thank You'
-'..a lovely man, very pleasant and a sense of humour'
-'Mr McGonigle did an excellent job on me (operation). He is to be thoroughly recommended in everyway. Polite, professional and caring..'
- Primary Medical Degree- MB BCh BAO The Queen's University of Belfast 1999
- Member Royal College of Surgeons- MRCSI The royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 2002
- Postgraduate Doctor of Medicine- MD The Queen's University of Belfast 2010
- Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland; Cardiothoracic Surgery- FRCS(C-Th) The Royal College of Surgeons 2011
- Thoracic Surgery Fellowship St. James Hospital, Dublin 2010
- Thoracic Surgery Fellowship Nottingham City Hospital 2011
Reference number 4636614
Details of entry to specialist register
- Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2011
Affiliations / memberships
British Thoracic Oncology Group (BTOG)
The Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery of Great Britian and Ireland (SCTS)
British Medical Association (BMA)
Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM)
International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC)
Northern Ireland Cancer Network (NICaN)
Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency (NIMDTA)
- Ulster Independent Clinic
- 14:30 - 16:30
- 028 9068 6510
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
During normal office hours - 02890632027
Outside normal office hours - 07411663647